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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-22-2018, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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358 winchester experience?

Anyone have any experience with the .358?

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Yes all good. Another very capable round that seems to be fading away. Americans don't seem to favor 35s, 8 mm (or other metric rounds besides the 7mm), and a few others that deserve to be popular but never made it.
I believe I could probably hunt most things with a 358 win at the ranges I shoot stuff and be good.
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I have one in a Ruger 77RS (tang safety) that I shoot a 200gr RN out of. I have only ever killed one deer with it, a DRT chest shot.

Obviously the .358Win is not as common/popular as some other short action cartridges. Which translates to more expensive and harder to find brass, and ammo. 308 brass is easily reformed to 358. Personally I like cartridges that are less common/popular, so I like the 358 Winchester.

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Heavy recoil and ammo costs

The thread on the .300Wby & this .358Win are correct, both great rounds. But for the average Pa hunter (doesn't reload) looking for one rifle these would be the wrong choice. Heavy recoil and ammo costs are largely influencing my reasoning. For Pa big game the .270Win, .308Win & .30-06 will handle all situations without sacrificing accuracy and draining the wallet. Just my opinion. Josh
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Recoil depends on the gun and shooter of course, I think my ruger 358 bolt gun kicks less than my 06 rem 7600. Ammo not hard to find on the net, no most shops or box stores won't have it but there are so many cartridges these days that you find much beyond the old stanbys, 270, 308, 06, etc.
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I had a custom .338 federal made last year.Not the same but close enough to split hairs.I like it so much that I sending my favorite Kimber .308 out to have it rebored to .338 federal.Moderate recoil and they hit like a hammer at reasonable distances.I hit a buck a little far back in the liver last year.As soon as the trigger broke,I knew the hit was back and was surprised to see the buck just drop like a lead balloon.
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I've been thinking about a mid bore thumper for a while now, the .338 federal seemed like the obvious choice. I like the tang safety rugers but they weren't made in .338 federal and .358's are rare, thus expensive, so I was thinking about a rebore/rebarrell on a tang safety .243 we have or a MK II in .338. Well I had a nice tang safety .358 fall into my hands last week so I was interested in anyone elses experience with this round?

Btw Josh, I'm sure it's not the best caliber for a one gun hunter, but since there's already a .270, a .243, a .30-06, an 8mm, a 375 h&h, a .223, a .220 swift, a 7mm mag, and a .250 savage here, it's not about one gun, more about one more gun.😁
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If you never leave Pa,a .338 fed/358 win is about perfect for an all around big game rifle.
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Got a feeling it's going north of the border next fall doug.

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if i was a one gun hunter the 358 Winchester would probably my first choice with Speer 220 gr handloads.

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